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Volunteer Profile: Zoe

Zoe lives in Hull and volunteers at the Lockwood Street premises. Our director, Kelly Finnis told her about the opportunity to volunteer and Zoe was quick to take her up on the offer. Whilst living in a hostel, Zoe had volunteered for the charity and, after moving out and finding her feet again, she wanted to give something back. She occupies a diverse role at Emmaus helping out across day-to-day operations wherever she can. Talking about her experience, Zoe said: “I love helping people and generally lending a hand to the community. “I’m proud of all the work I do, but helping a veteran secure a bed from our superstore, ready for when he got out of hospital was particularly pleasing. “Having volunteered here for a while my eyes have really been opened and I get a lot out of it.”

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Volunteer Profile: Brittany

Brittany is 19 years old and from Hull. She found out about Emmaus through a family member and, along with her mum, decided to volunteer at the charity. The experience is helping to build her confidence whilst she is able to support the companions. Her role spans across the charity and she works in the outreach, community and retail departments. Talking about her time volunteering at Emmaus she said: “I get a satisfaction from helping people and I gain confidence in myself. “I take pride in everything I complete and particularly helping others out. “I think that other people should get involved because it opens a lot more opportunities and you get to help others as well as yourself.”

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Companion Stories – Jason

On 26TH September 2017, Jason went into a day centre in Brighton to ask for help. They supported Jason’s move into Emmaus Hull as a companion the same day.  He had previously lived in a travelling community all his life. Over the years Jason moved around and had an interesting childhood. From a young adult Jason gambled a lot and at 45 years old he wanted to change his life around and have a fresh start. Jason found it hard when he first came into Emmaus as he wasn’t used to routine or the stability of living in a house and not travelling around. Jason started to enjoy having a purpose and keeping busy with the voluntary work at Emmaus. Jason has come into his own and has undertaken a lot of training offered by Emmaus such as Buddy training, Fire Marshall, First-Aid, Customer service, Key-holder, Warehouse & Storage NVQ level 2. J He has recently finished a work placement at Hull maintenance and really enjoyed it. Jason has certainly turned his life around and is now moving on to new pastures with a  Painting and Decorating job and he is also moving in with his new partner. Quote from […]

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A Long but Rewarding Journey

The outreach team have been working with a female, long-term rough sleeper with heroin and spice addictions. She has also suffered domestic violence at the hands of her former partner and childhood sexual abuse from her father, which has led to a lack of trust in people, low self-esteem and mental health issues. She wasn’t engaging with any other services at this time, other than us. Over a lengthy period of time, the team built up a good relationship and trust with her as well as her new partner. The outreach team had made several appointments to set up an ESA claim, which she kept missing or declining to attend. After lengthy decisions about accommodation and which hostel she would be happy in, the Crossings was identified as suitable – but only if her partner could go with her. With accommodation scarce, accessing two rooms at once would be very hard but if she occupied the next room that became available, her partner would be the next on the waiting list. However, when the next room did become available it was declined. However, the following day the outreach team persuaded her to move to the room, which this time she […]

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From Rough Sleeping to Independent Living

Whilst no one chooses to sleep rough, for those that have spent a prolonged period on the streets, it can be difficult and daunting to accepting support. The outreach team have been working with a rough sleeper for an extended period that normally insists there is nothing the team can do to help him. However, after a long conversation we identified some areas that we could support him with, such as helping him get back in contact with his family and accessing appropriate benefits as he was finding this process too overwhelming. Additionally, he was suffering from anxiety on a daily basis that made aspects of his life difficult. The outreach team built up a relationship with this rough sleeper and supported him to a doctor’s appointment so that he could obtain a sick note and discuss concerns about his anxiety, which had lead to substance abuse, particularly to help him sleep on a night. Now, with support from the outreach team, this rough sleeper has progressed from never seeing a GP to attending numerous medical appointments and has had numerous blood tests. He has also been placed on some anxiety medication to help with the symptoms that he is […]

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Our New Whitefriargate Store is Now Open

Earlier this month we opened a new shop at 28 Whitefriargate following a full refit of the unit. The existing location, also down Whitefriargate, has closed. On Thursday 31 January reality TV star and long-time supporter of Emmaus, Linda Barker will officially open the store. After the old store was target by thieves we decided to move to the new premises for the chance of a fresh start with additional security benefits. Companions were active in helping us shape the vision for the new store with many contributing their skills to help with the renovation. We’ve also taken the opportunity of a clean slate to develop some funky display cabinets from old table sets, completely revamped the changing rooms and developed unique lighting displays. The store is now full of distinctive items of furniture, clothes, soft furnishings and much more, all of which are competitively priced. Our director, Kelly Finnis said: “We are extremely excited to start trading in our newly relocated shop, we have spent the Christmas period shopfitting and designing a shop that offers a unique shopping experience for our customers. “There will be a totally different feel to the new shop and some of our companions, the […]

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Hull is Where the Heart is

Hull has hit national headlines over the past couple of weeks but, rather dismally, not for the right reasons. We have all read about, or seen first-hand, the disturbing footage showing a man diving feet first on to a tent down Whitefriargate in Hull where two rough sleepers had bedded down for the night. The attack was entirely unprovoked and can only be summed up as a hideously vicious assault against two un-expecting individuals that were already vulnerable. Although the men inside the tent only suffered minor physical injuries, the mental impact was far greater and the potential for serious physical harm was there. The scene triggered outrage on a national scale and featured on both ITV and Channel 4’s evening news bulletins. The assault truly trampled over the values that Hull strives to uphold towards its homeless community. As a charity we work hard to protect homeless individuals and get them back on their feet and reintegrated into society. Such blinding antisocial behaviour stands as a startling contrast to the objectives of the charity. The fact remains that Hull-at-large has a very positive attitude to the homeless community and dealing with the associated issues. As a charity on the […]

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